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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a stay-at-home-mom, a book worm, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated with a B.S. degree in Family Life. I did research involving dating relationships. I also graduated with a minor in music. I loved going to school, and really miss that part of my life. But, I have a greater joy now. I am a mom to two wonderful kids! I have a girl and a boy, and although life is hard sometimes, I love everything that comes with being a mom! I am also the lucky wife of my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I had good parents who taught me the wonderful gospel of Christ, but it wasn't until I was in high school that I really gained a testimony of the gospel. I know that it is true! I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ, and I know that Joseph Smith was inspired and guided as he translated the Book of Mormon and organized the church. I know that prophets lead and guide the church today, just as they did in ancient times. I also know that families can be together forever! The wonderful knowledge of all of these things has brought so much joy and peace in my life.

How I live my faith

I try to be faithful to the responsibilities given me as a member of the church, and more importantly, as a mother. In the church, I am in charge of the Wednesday night activity of the 8-10 year old girls. It is a wonderful but crazy responsibility. I also have two sisters that I visit on at least a monthly basis to make sure they are doing well emotionally, physically, and spiritually. One of my sisters is deaf, so I am learning sign language so I can communicate with her better. My husband and I recently got called as sign language interpreters within the church. It has been a challenging, but fulfilling calling. My greatest joy and responsibility is in being a mother. I try to live in a way that will teach my children what I believe by my example.  

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Stephanie
As members of the church, we pay 10% of our income to the church. This is called tithing. Once a month, we also give a charitable donation or what we call fast offerings to the church. These offerings of our income are a commandment from God, even Abraham paid tithes and offerings to Melchizedek in the Old Testament. These funds are used to help those in need (those in our community struggling to make ends meet, natural disasters, and supporting our missionaries are some examples). I know that 10% of our income is a lot of money, but I have a testimony of tithing. I know that I have been blessed through paying my tithing faithfully. Show more Show less